Dr. Kevin Slates, a clinical associate professor at the Indiana University School of Public Health – Bloomington, has been named the 2019 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator by the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP). He has been a member of the ASSP for 14 years.
In addition to securing external funding for safety program initiatives, Dr. Slates has been involved in curriculum revision and web-based course development, spearheading the online master’s in safety management program. He is also the founding director of IU’s industrial hygiene laboratory.
“His students have often commented on his positive teaching style, willingness to work with them, and his personal care for their benefit,” said Dr. Alfred Capuano, a lecturer at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. “I consider his teaching and career counseling skills to be among the very best.”
“A few years ago, most of our student internships were local and unpaid,” Dr. Capuano said. “But under Dr. Slates’ leadership, the number of internships tripled, all are paid, and they are available across the United States. He routinely disseminates employment and internship opportunities to students and alumni.”
“It is wonderful that ASSP named Dr. Slates the 2019 William E. Tarrants Outstanding Safety Educator. He is very deserving of this award. It recognizes his tireless work to support ASSP and the safety profession, but more importantly his work and dedication to the development of students at all levels, from undergraduate to doctoral, at Indiana University – Bloomington,” said Dr. Todd Smith, an assistant professor at the IU Bloomington.